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19.55 seconds

by Lars Krone  December 2018

With an absolute best time set on the Nürburg­ring-Nordschleife Schaeffler and Porsche jointly proved how powerful hybrid concepts are – including in motorsport. In summer of 2018, World Champion Timo Bernhard piloted the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo through the “Green Hell” at a record pace beating the old record of 6m 11.13s set by Stefan Bellof in 1983 by nearly one minute. “I’m really familiar with the Nordschleife,” said Bernhard, “but in the 919 Hybrid Evo with more than 1,000 horsepower I came to know it in an all-new way. The physical exertion was extreme due to the centrifugal forces.” Prof. Peter Gutzmer, Schaeffler’s Chief Technology Officer, commented on the sensational record: “As a partner in this project, we’re incredibly proud. This result obviously shows how the technology has continued to evolve since Stefan Bellof’s record lap. We’re convinced that ­especially the combination of IC engines and electric ­motors will combine efficiency and driving pleasure in the near future also in production vehicles – and it’ll do so with products from Schaeffler.”

I won’t put a helmet on for anything above eight minutes

Two-time World Rally Champion Walter Röhrl about the Nordschleife

The record lap from the cockpit perspective

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The record lap from the cockpit perspective

The record lap from the cockpit perspective

The record lap from the cockpit perspective